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Embassy employees strut their stuff

In front of scores of cheering co-workers, Kory Billie showed what it takes to screw in more than a light bulb.

Try six in 29 seconds.

The feat awarded the Embassy Suites Resort food and beverage worker prizes Thursday at the hotel’s Employee Olympics, a program set up through Hilton Hotel Corporation — which operates the Stateline establishment.

Billie didn’t take long to impress his co-workers and managers. He’s worked for the hotel for only one month, but he’s gained plenty of experience in the race with his fellow colleagues.

He’s installed thousands of light bulbs while working maintenance at the Western Motel in Gardnerville.

One could argue that Embassy Suites engineer Larry Schaffer’s experience gave him a leg up on his event, too.

Schaffer, a contractor, pounded 11 nails into a 4-by-4 board in just one minute.

An unassuming Schaffer acted as if his accomplishment was all in a day’s work, but many of his co-workers were impressed by the fact there were no bends in his nails and he placed them along the line of a curve.

“It was highly competitive,” the five-year staffer said.

Housekeeping supervisor Rosa Torres agreed.

But Torres, a six-year employee with Embassy Suites, showed that her move into management hasn’t kept her out of touch with the foundation of housekeeping — folding linen and making beds.

The hotel pulled out a handful of beds into the courtyard, with the contest gaining the attention of about 120 employees and passersby.

Torres, referred to as the double-gold winner, folded 16 towels in a minute and made up a bed faster than her five co-workers. One included head honcho Simeon Miranda.

The general manager joined the fun, but he couldn’t keep up with the quick skill of Torres.

“October is employee appreciation month. We ended the week with the Olympics to acknowledge their hard work,” Miranda said after the Olympics.

There was even an Oreo cookie stacking contest.

The hotel gave out a collective amount of about $2,000 in prizes, including gift certificates to the hotel’s Echo Restaurant and other Embassy properties.

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